Italian Coastal Recipes and Stories From Where the Land Meets the Sea

Amber Guinness

An enchanting and delectable journey to the shimmering waters of Tyrrhenian Sea, via plates of pasta, baked fish, and glasses of peach-laced white wine—from the author of A House Party in Tuscany.

Welcome to the Tyrrhenian Sea, home to la dolce vita, sun-drenched islands, and seaside towns where even the simplest trattoria has an effortless glamour. Following on from the success of A House Party in Tuscany, food writer Amber Guinness travels from the Tuscan coast down through Lazio and Campania via Naples and the Amalfi Coast and on to northern Sicily in her new book Italian Coastal. Along the way, Amber delves into the local history, stories, and flavors that have come home to her kitchen and shaped her food philosophy.

Amber's quest for maximum flavor with minimal effort shines through in sixty delicious and achievable recipes that will bring an authentic mouthful of coastal Italy to your table: crostini with ricotta and 'nduja; zucchini and mint lasagne; tomato linguine with capers; seabass with pistachio and almonds; Neapolitan vinegary fried zucchini; potato and caper salad from Salina; raspberry tiramisu; and the ultimate Amalfi lemon cream cake.

Inspired by the markets and food of summer holidays by the beach, Italian Coastal is a fusion of recipe book, travelogue, and memoir—with sumptuous food and travel photography throughout—that will transport readers to the sunny Mediterranean.


A magical tastescape from Tuscany to Sicily, with mouth-watering and authentic recipes.

— Clodagh McKenna, chef, author, and TV presenter

My mouth is watering, and I'm packing my bags. Such a beautiful, evocative book.

— Georgina Hayden, author of "Nistisima"

Breathtakingly beautiful, Italian Coastal is transportive and filled with recipes I want to immediately cook.

— Julia Busuttil Nishimura, author of "Around the Table"

This exceptional book will transport you to the romantic, rolling, and rugged coastline surrounding the west of Italy with its rich and varied landscapes and history. Illustrated with evocative images, beautiful stories, and completely delicious recipes, this is classic Amber Guinness, so beautiful.

— Rachel Allen, author of "Soup Broth Bread"


Amber Guinness


Amber Guinness is an English cook and food writer who lives in Florence, Italy. She was born in London but raised at Arniano, the Tuscan farmhouse her parents restored near Siena. She has a first class Masters degree in History and Italian from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked as a cook in both London and Italy. Amber's first book, A House Party in Tuscany, featured recipes and stories from her internationally acclaimed residential painting school at Arniano. Italian Coastal is her second book. Amber is married with a son.